Some classes offered by the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, or FIDM, include Fashion Sketching for Design I, Industrial Sewing, The Business of Fashion and Color & Design Theory. Required classes vary depending on students' majors, but other classes include Survey of Western Art, American Political & Economic History and Critical Thinking.
The curriculum for an Associate of Arts degree in Fashion design requires 90 credit hours of classes. Classes in this major focus on the fashion industry; for example, Industrial Sewing introduces students to industry sewing techniques with an emphasis on operating the power sewing machine.
The Business of Fashion surveys the major business components of the textile and fashion apparel industries by defining the role of materials, designers, producers and retailers in the creative and business cycles. Color & Design Theory is an introductory study of the principles and elements of color and design where students analyze aspects of a visual representation including the components of design and the use of color by the artist.
Survey of Western Art I includes art, architecture and design from the Prehistoric Period through the Middle Ages. Fundamentals of Sketching is a flat sketching course for line development, line sheets, and specification sheets.